I have debated and debated about whether to blog about a very recent trauma relating to my husband’s side of the family. I have started numerous blog writings in my notebook, have made it half way through them, and then have hit a brick wall, too distracted with our family issues to finish them. So, I am biting the bullet and feel as if I write about this situation, it will allow my mind to be cleared, the brick walls to crumble and I can move on and continuing to inspire all of you on a weekly basis! Forgive me for the lapse in posts over the past two weeks.
On September 3rd, my husband’s only sibling was diagnosed with a stage III malignant brain tumor. His name is Jeff and he is only 34 years old. The news sent our family into complete turmoil; from shock to denial, from unexplainable fear to semi-acceptance, we have all been through the waves and stages of emotions that accompany serious illness. He was told by the team of surgeons in our hometown that it was inoperable and his only hope was with chemo and radiation to possibly shrink the tumor in order to buy him a little more time. Two years was their prognosis for life expectancy.
Because you don’t know this family, I will tell you that they are the most hard-working people I have ever met, and they spend their lives working God’s earth as grain farmers. They are stubborn and sacrifice so much to fight the elements of Mother Nature each year to secure their livelihood. To a group with their morals and ethics, I’m sure it won’t surprise any of you that the news from the doctors was completely unacceptable to all of them. Through family friends, they were guided to a renowned brain surgeon in Indianapolis, IN, were able to get an appointment within two days, and had surgery scheduled for a week later.
Immediately following the first diagnosis, my sister-in-law called a photographer and set up a family photo shoot. The page I am posting uses one of the photos and it symbolizes the chain of our family and the love that holds us together. My wish is that it will inspire all of you to cherish each moment with your loved ones, take special photographs, and capture the times with your families by creating memory pages or special family frames for your homes.
We are all Christians, and have been able to call on and lean on other people in our Christian families. They have supported Jeff and all of us through prayer, and the chain continues to grow on a daily basis. Jeff had surgery this past Friday, and the surgeon was able to remove over 90% of the tumor. He will begin radiology and chemotherapy treatments within the next few weeks once the healing from the surgery has occurred. The doctor has extended his life expectancy to at least 5 to ten years and we feel so blessed for the extra time with him.
Trauma and tragedy have a way of pulling people together; they bring out the truest of true feelings and create a bond that you never knew could exist. They produce the revealing of those who ultimately care about you and who are willing to stand beside you through the whole ordeal. Most of all they challenge one’s faith, and humble everyone involved. I am so thankful that our family is full of faith and that it has been strengthened to newer heights.
Thank you all for allowing me to share and clear my heart and head! I am looking forward to sharing many more interesting, inspiring, and creative posts in the very near future!
I will leave you with one last thought… Don’t put off today what you could do tomorrow – you never know what tomorrow will bring!
~ Karen (Kabby)